October 30, 2013

W&L Field Hockey Edges Bridgewater, 3-2

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee field hockey team used three first-half goals to edge Bridgewater, 3-2, at home on Wednesday in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Generals (5-14, 3-5 ODAC) scored all three tallies in an eight-minute span toward the end of the opening stanza. Trailing 1-0, first-year forward Camilla Davis (Richmond, Va./Governor's School) took a shot that was saved by Eagles' (11-6, 5-3 ODAC) goalkeeper Jessica Bonaro (Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown). The ball rolled out to the far post, and senior forward Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) collected the rebound and stuffed in her fifth goal of the season.

The Blue and White took the lead two minutes later on the third goal of the season for first-year defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School). On a penalty corner, Schulmeyer inserted the ball into play and junior midfielder Lindsay Purpura (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) fired a shot that was saved by Bonaro. Schulmeyer secured the deflection and put it off the goalie's pads and into the cage.

Sophomore forward Sydney Tomaso (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne) stretched the lead to 3-1 with 2:24 left in the half. Off another deflection, Tomaso gathered the ball and knocked it in from the near corner. The Generals out shot Bridgewater, 11-2, in the first half and held a 5-1 advantage in penalty corners.

In the second half, the Eagles found controlled the ball, taking 15 shots and totaling 10 penalty corners. Bridgewater cut the lead to one, 3-2, with 42 seconds left in the game on a goal by junior midfielder Caroline Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), but could not find the equalizer. 

Leading the W&L defense was Schulmeyer with two defensive saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) made seven saves in 70 minutes. Balsano finished with six saves.    

With the victory, the Generals secured the sixth seed in the ODAC Tournament, and will play at third-seeded Randolph-Macon on Saturday.

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